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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
350 East Third Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001
+1 800-226-3369
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Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium features the culture, creatures and history of our the Mississippi and all our nation's rivers through dynamic exhibits and twelve large aquariums housed in two main centers. The impressive 10-acre riverfront campus includes a connecting plaza, a 3D/4D theater, boatyard, on-site dining options, and more! DIVE IN for a visit to the Museum & Aquarium, where fun & learning flow together!
Iowa City, Iowa
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

My husband and I visited this museum recently and found it very interesting There are exhibits explaining the development, growth and decline of the steamboats as well as information on waters of the world. The animal and fish exhibits are not extensive but are interesting. Information on conservation and cleanup efforts was also appreciated.

Visited September 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Awesome!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I grew up on the west coast and I'm no stranger to aquariums, but this place rocks! There are tons of things to see, from the drive the steamboat simulator to the gigantic catfish that could probably eat you to the snuggling otters and turtles to the steam boat outside you can investigate on your own. There are also cool Easter eggs hidden around outside, like a wigwam and real early 1800s house.

The fee for an adult is $15 but we got in with two adults for the same price with our AZA discount. They also seem to have a Smithsonian one and others, so if you don't want to pay as much ask about discounts.

One word of advice - the wood sidewalk and stairs outside do not soak up water well and the steam boat is slippery too. If you plan on going during rainy times do not wear flip flops like I did. Ouch.

Visited September 2012
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Montgomery, Illinois, United States
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“Think first before you pay.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Beautiful inside,but the price is not justified, as you must pay extra for different things. Cafe inside is pretty good and prices are fair.

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Peoria, Illinois
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“Wonderful Exhibits---Something for Everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

This was our second trip to the Museum and it was just as good this time. There is so much to see that it takes more than one day to fully enjoy. This time we particularly enjoyed the many movies and slide presentations that we missed on the first visit.

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“Mississippi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

Everything you ever wanted to kow about the Mississippi river. I really enjoyed all of the life sized boats, historical videos and wild life. Great museum.

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